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Applying to Graduate


If you are expecting to graduate, then you must file your graduation application by the application deadline. If you are planning on conferring more than one degree (ex: both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, if coterm, or both a PhD and master's degree, if a dual degree student), then a separate application to graduate must be submitted for each degree. An active enrollment status is required for degree conferral, so students must be active (not discontinued or on Leave of Absence) and must also be enrolled in courses or in an approved special registration status (this includes Summer Quarter). For all important deadlines, please refer to the Stanford Academic Calendar.

Review Your Record for Accuracy

In Axess, check the degree information display carefully before you apply or you may not graduate. Double check the following on your unoffcial transcript:

  • Are you applying for the degree you think you are? Stanford offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.S.) at the undergraduate level.

  • Is your major correctly listed? All multiple or secondary majors should also be listed.

    • Should you have a major field or not? Only specified majors offer fields as a degree option for undergraduates, including: American Studies; Art; Civil Engineering; Classics; Engineering; English; French; Geological and Environmental Sciences; German Studies; Humanities; Individually Designed Majors; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Science, Technology, and Society; Sociology; Spanish; and Symbolic Systems.

  • Is your minor correctly listed? Minors appear on the unofficial transcript. They will not appear on the application to graduate.

  • Will you graduate with departmental or interdisciplinary honors?

If anything about your degree information does not agree with your degree intention, you must update your program pior to applying to graduate.

Check Your Enrollment Status

Students are required to have an active status in order to apply to graduate, and must either be enrolled in courses for the quarter or in an approved special registration status to be eligible to apply to graduate.

File Your Application to Graduate

The upcoming application to graduate opens the day after each term's application to graduate deadline. Please refer to the below chart:

Quarter Student Applying to Graduate Application to Graduate Available in Axess Application to Graduate Deadline
Autumn 2017-18 August 5, 2017 November 17, 2017 (5:00pm)
Winter 2017-18 November 18, 2017 March 2, 2018 (5:00pm)
Spring 2017-18 March 3, 2018 April 13, 2018 (5:00pm)
Summer 2017-18 April 14, 2018 August 31, 2018 (5:00pm)

To file your application through Axess:

Select "Apply to Graduate" from the drop down menu on the Student Center Academics tab and complete the entire application to graduate process.

Late Applications to Graduate

Students may submit their application to graduate in Axess (using the same instructions above) after the regular application to graduate deadline has passed, and up until the Late Application to Graduate Deadline for the quarter (see below chart).  All late applications to graduate will incur a $50 late fee, and must be submitted by the late application to graduate deadline (see below). Please note that the $50 late fee is non-refundable. For questions regarding the application to graduate, contact the Student Services Center, 2nd floor Tresidder Union or submit a Student Services Center Help Ticket .

Quarter Student Applying to Graduate Late Appliaction to Graduate Deadline
Autumn 2017-18 December 8, 2017 (5:00pm)
Winter 2017-18 March 16, 2018 (5:00pm)
Spring 2017-18 June 6, 2018 (5:00pm)
Summer 2017-18 August 31, 2018 (5:00pm)

Degree Checkout Statuses

The Registrar’s Office enters/updates the degree checkout status for each graduating student. Students’ checkout statuses change during the weeks and days prior to the degree conferral date. The possible degree checkout statuses are below. Students can view their status in Axess by clicking on 'View Program Summary' from the Other Academic drop-down menu (as shown in the below screen shot).

  • Applied (AG): The student has filed an application to graduate.

  • In Review (IR): The student has not completed all University and/or departmental requirements. This includes in progress grades. Many students are “in progress” until all grades are submitted, unless they have completed all University requirements Winter term.

  • Pending (PN): The student has completed all University requirements. Most students are moved to pending after the grading deadline, when all their grades are submitted.

  • Withdrawn (WD): The student has withdrawn the application to graduate.

  • Approved (AP): The student has been cleared by both the University and department(s). Eligible students are usually moved to “approved” the Thursday evening before Commencement, and they are sent an email at that time.

  • Denied (DN): The student has not been cleared by either the University or department(s). Students are usually moved to “denied” status the Thursday evening before Commencement, and are sent an email at that time with the reason(s) for being denied.

  • Awarded (AW): The degree has been officially conferred.